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How the 2018 Toyota Camry's Trims Look Different

18Camry_Grille_XLE_XSE_ES.jpg 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE (top), 2018 Toyota Camry XSE (bottom) | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

CARS.COM — The redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry is a radical rethinking of Toyota’s mid-size sedan and a risky departure from usually mild redesigns automakers give their popular vehicles. Not only is it Toyota’s best-selling model, but it was the best-selling car in 2016. With its redesign, the Camry trim levels have two distinctive looks. We checked out two of the four available trims – an XLE hybrid and the sporty XSE — at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Let’s check out what visually separates these two.

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Grille

18Camry_Grille_XLE_XSE_ES.jpg 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE (top), 2018 Toyota Camry XSE (bottom) | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

The most notable difference is the front grille. Of the LE, SE, XLE and XSE trims, the LE and XLE front bumpers showcase a massive grille with seven flowing horizontal slats that look like they could also produce a pretty smooth shave. Camry Hybrid models like the one on the show floor are identifiable by a blue-tinted Toyota badge. XSE and SE trims have far more aggressive front styling with an angular, split design and huge openings covered in black mesh.

Wheels

18Camry_Wheels_XLE_XSE_ES.jpg 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE (left), 2018 Toyota Camry XSE (right) | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Further boosting the sporty appearance of the XSE are various add-ons that work together to transform the Camry’s look. This XSE wears black 19-inch wheels with a few exposed silver spokes and tires sized 235/40R/19, while the XLE hybrid has silver 18-inch wheels with 235/45R/18 tires.

Rocker Panel

18Camry_RockerPanel_XLE_XSE_ES.jpg 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE (top), 2018 Toyota Camry XSE (bottom) | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

The XSE’s side profile is differentiated by more sculpted rocker panels.

Spoiler

18Camry_Spoiler_XLE_XSE_ES.jpg 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE (left), 2018 Toyota Camry XSE (right) | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

The XSE also adds a subtle lip spoiler that takes the integrated lip spoiler of the regular Camry and adds an extension for more visual weight at the car’s rear.

Rear Styling

18Camry_Rear_XLE_XSE_ES.jpg 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE (top), 2018 Toyota Camry XSE (bottom) | Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

I firmly believe the Camry XSE could be mistaken for a luxury performance sedan if you took the badging off the trunk. Distinctive taillights are darkened on the XSE trims and faux vents, which are a little tacky, run down the side. Rear styling is capped off by four tailpipes and a unique lower rear diffuser.

Toyota designers wanted the SE and XSE variants to stand out from 200 yards away. On the auto-show floor, at least, they’re styled uniquely enough that there’s certainly no mistaking one for the other.

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